HARRISONBURG — Sentara RMH received the Magnet recognition, the highest national honor for nursing standards, for the second time over five years.

To receive Magnet recognition, a health care provider must apply first to the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Recognition Program, which gives the award.

Then, written documentation about the organization’s performance, an on-site visit and a review from the Magnet commission is required before the award is given.

“Really and truly, it’s about the patient level outcomes and quality metrics,” said Donna Hahn, chief nurse executive at Sentara RMH.

Less than 10% of health care organizations in the United States have received Magnet recognition.

The award is a symbol that even though Harrisonburg and Rockingham County may not have as many hospital choices as those in Fairfax County or Richmond, Sentara RMH can meet their needs, Hahn said.

“It’s incumbent on us to be the best we can be and this is just a little way to signify that we do that,” she said.

Contact Ian Munro at 574-6278 or imunro@dnronline.com. Follow Ian on Twitter @IanMunroDNR

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